Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mayflower II Forecastle

New London, CT  2014

Meals were prepared for the Pilgrims in the original Mayflower's forecastle, (pronounced Fo'cs'l), recreated here on the Mayflower II.  It's hard to imagine that 102 people sailed aboard the original Mayflower in the course of 66 days across the Atlantic Ocean.  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mayflower II

New London, CT

I mis-spoke in yesterdays blog post and have gone back an made the correction.  The correct name of this ship is the Mayflower II.  It was built in Devon, England in 1957 and sailed across the Atlantic that year arriving in Plymouth, MA where it usually is berthed.  It is as full scale replica of the original Mayflower which brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620.  The ship arrived at Mystic Seaport last weekend being towed by the tug Jaguar seen to her port side after a brief stop in New London.  While at the Seaport, the Mayflower II will undergo a long-term restoration project which will include a survey of the ship, complete documentation and finally restoration.  This will be a multi-year project with the ship spending winters and springs at Mystic Seaport and the summers and falls at Plymouth Plantation.  The restoration is planned to be complete in 2020, in time to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the original Mayflower's  voyage.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mayflower II

New London, CT  2014

This is a replica of the Mayflower which was recently docked in New London on her way to Mystic Seaport for some much needed repairs.  It is accompanied by the tugboat Jaguar.  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Niantic Bay

Niantic, Ct   2014

It's nice to walk the beach in the "off season"....  not as crowded as in the summertime.  Work is continuing on the Niantic Bay Boardwalk, which was heavily damaged by both tropical storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy.  Hopefully the entire 1-mile long boardwalk will be completed by next summer.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

Willimantic, CT  2014

I've pictured the frogs before in this blog.  It's nice to see that they're all ready for the holiday season.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Whale Oil Row

New London, CT  2014

Long before there  were oil barons, who made their wealth drilling for oil, a number of merchants became very wealthy in the business of whale oil.  At one time, New London was one of the busiest ports for whaling in the world.  These homes were built by shipowners, whalers and merchants who made their fortunes in the whaling business.  Today they are offices along what has become to be known in New London as Whale Oil Row. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Empty Docks

Madison, CT  2014

At this time of the year in Connecticut, just about everyone has taken their boats out of the water and placed them in storage for the winter.  I'm sharing this with Weekend Reflections.  Hope you have a nice weekend.